2009 Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.columbiacrest.com

There is no question that Columbia Crest is one of the most pivitol brands from Washington State – it’s pedigree of releasing quality wines at each respective price level is nearly unheard of – especially when you consider their reputation.

A couple of vintages ago, its Reserve Cab was hailed as the number-one wine in the world by Wine Spectator so it was with great enthusiasm that I cracked open this 2009 vintage.


Technical Data:

  • Blend: 86% Cabernet Sauvignon, 9% Merlot, 5% Cabernet Franc
  • Total Acidity: 0.56 g/100 ml
  • pH: 3.76
  • Alcohol: 14.5%
  • Barrel Aging: New French oak for 25 months

Nose: Dried cherries, dark chocolate, peppercorn, leather, a hint of charcoal and pencil lead.

Taste: A solid cab that’d make a superb compliment to any beef or bison dish. Very good structure in its tannin acid and fruit that cling together very well all the way through the lingering finish.

W.E.P. Rating: 120%